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Invesco – Global markets – 2020 outlook

A look ahead to 2020 - Central banks and geopolitics to shape global economy.




Key takeaways

  • Some major central banks have become more accommodative, while geopolitical disruption continues to cast a shadow over growth.
  • All told, Invesco forecasts global economic growth of about 3% for 2020.
  • Regionally, it expects the lowest growth from Japan, the UK, and the eurozone, and the highest from Asian emerging markets and China.

Central bank accommodation should bode well for 2020, as the rate cuts enacted by the US Federal Reserve in 2019 have already resulted in an acceleration in money and credit growth

However, Invesco believe such monetary easing should be more positively impactful for asset prices than the overall economy.


  • It is more optimistic about capital markets than it is about economic growth. It therefore favours risk assets over non-risk assets.
  • Within fixed income, it believes that higher-yielding investments will outperform given the low rate environment.
  • It is bullish on US equities, with the caveat that investors should expect more volatility in the coming year.

Central banks and geopolitics to shape global economy


As Invesco look ahead to 2020, it’s clear that central banks are still shouldering the burden for stimulating the economy via monetary policy, as has been the case since the Global Financial Crisis.


After a nascent attempt at normalizing, some major central banks have become more accommodative as 2019 has progressed. That should bode well for 2020, as the rate cuts enacted by the US Federal Reserve (Fed) in 2019 have already resulted in an acceleration in money and credit growth. However, it believes such monetary easing should be more positively impactful for asset prices than the overall economy. It does believe more fiscal stimulus is needed — although most governments are reluctant to provide it.


Invesco notes that there are longer-term implications to an overreliance on monetary policy, but that is unlikely to be an issue in the coming year. Countering the positive effects of monetary stimulus is geopolitical disruption — and the economic policy uncertainty that comes with it. Sources of policy uncertainty include:


  • The US-China trade war and Brexit, which have been the most prominent creators of uncertainty in 2019.
  • The 2020 US presidential election, which will kick into higher gear after the New Year.
  • The conflict between China and Hong Kong.
  • Tensions in the Middle East, including the September drone attack on Saudi oil facilities that remains to be addressed.

Economic uncertainty is likely to continue to depress capital spending, in its view, and we must watch vigilantly to ensure it doesn’t spill over into diminished hiring plans.


The dichotomy between the manufacturing and service sectors of the economy continues, as it expects manufacturing to continue to experience weakness largely due to the trade wars. However, those economies with less exposure to manufacturing are likely to fare better in this environment, in its view.




Author

Invesco Asset Management

November 2019


Please note that these are the views of Invesco Asset Management and should not be interpreted as the views of RL360.

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